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John McCain

Retire the flag

Retire the flag

Editor's note: This editorial has been updated to reflect that the flag at issue is a Confederate battle flag, not the original Confederate state's flag referred to as the "Stars and Bars."  What to do about the Confederate flag on the grounds of South Carolina's capitol in Columbia is proving a tough call for most of the 2016 Republican presidential field since the massacre last week of nine black churchgoers by a young white man who allegedly claimed he wanted to start a race war and posted pictures of himself online surrounded by images of the Confederate battle flag and other racist emblems. But it shouldn't be. The flag has long been...